Seeing clients outside in a natural setting adds so much to the work: a different kind of energy, the opportunity for creative exercises, an embodied experience, a shift in the power balance between client and therapist. However, other aspects are introduced which must be considered: potential problems with confidentiality, containment and boundaries - and the weather, not to mention encounters with dogs and wildlife! This workshop will explore the potential benefits and possible pitfalls of working outdoors. We will take a look at the underpinning rationale, the various forms of ecotherapy, ethical considerations and the pros and cons. We'll discuss the practicalities and requirements of working outside and there will be activities to help you consider your own connection to the natural world.
The workshop will be suitable for those considering working outdoors with clients and for those who may have just started doing so but would like to reflect on and deepen their practice. Notes and slides will be made available after the meeting together with a resources sheet giving book recommendations, useful websites, etc.
Sheila Pope qualified in 2003; she took four further years' training in Transactional Analysis and started her ecotherapy journey with Hayley Marshall and the late Martin Jordan in 2014. She is a counsellor in private practice based in Burgess Hill, volunteered for 4 1/2 years in a hostel for the homeless and worked for 2 1/2yrs in a centre offering support for people with learning disabilities.
Sheila is a singer/guitarist/songwriter, was a drummer in a rock band for 11 years, enjoys rifle shooting and rides a motorcycle.